Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Raw edge applique on the longarm


Diane from Patchogue questioned whether it was OK to applique after quilting.

For this quilt, I used the longarm to stitch down the applique at the same time I was quilting. The bears and trees were fused first, then I loaded and quilted the rest of the quilt, and last I quilted the applique down. I wasn't too happy with it last night but looking at it this morning it doesn't look half bad.

There's a book (one of many in my collection) called Appliquilt in the Cabin by Tonee White that uses a technique of appliqueing and quilting at the same time. Hers is done by hand but I don't see why it couldn't be done by machine too but unless it was a small piece I would think it would be too difficult to maneuver the bulk of the quilt.

10 comments:

KCQuilter said...

Your incredible work just leaves me speechless!!!! The pineapple quilt is breathtaking and I love the applique on your rail fence.

Vicki W said...

You are one productive lady! You keep talking about his as an ugly quilt and I completely disagree. It turned out great!

Norma said...

I think you have done an excellent job of giving those fence rails texture while bringing life to the applique pieces! Nothing wrong with that quilt at all!

Diane said...

I think it looks great. Is the applique raw edged?

Diane from Patchogue

Kim said...

In quilting, I think we first learn all the "rules" so we know which ones we can break! LOL! I do a lot of hand applique, but I made one quilt where I had pieced a Christmas wreath and wanted to applique on holly leaves without taking a lot of time. I made the leaves using a light weight, non-fusible interfacing and turning them "right side out." Then I pinned the leaves to the quilt in the right spots and quilted it all, stitching down the appliqued leaves as I quilted the rest. Turned out fine--you can't even tell how I did it! Great job on the quilting--I've watched your progress. Isn't it nice to finish up a UFO?

Cynthia said...

what a great idea stitching the applique down with the Longarm.

Nina In Norway said...

WOW! Your woork amazes me! I'll be back for more. You've been bookmarked.

patti leal said...

mary, this will make a fantastic quilt for heartstrings. it has a male feel to it, imo. it could be a string quilt if you didn't let anyone know that you strip pieced it.
absolutely love the quilting.
patti in florida

ForestJane said...

I think those bears and pine trees just make the quilt. :) To me, it looks as if they're standing at a waterfall (the downward motions of the rails) and hunting for salmon, I'd bet!

grace said...

I just love the look of this quilt .. I'm sure that if you didn't look at it for a bit and then came back to it, you would love it too (if you already don't)

I do have a few questions on appliquilt if I may ask you?? I'm currently working on a quilt that I need to applique kitty heads and tails and heard about appliquilt and that method is almost made for these pieces. Could you contact me privately so I can ask you about this?? greatly appreciate your time and TIA